Ford SUVs

There's the mini one, the family one and the one with the big boot. But no seven-seat Ford SUV in the UK

BuyaCar team
Oct 8, 2021

Given the astonishing popularity of SUVs, it's no surprise that every mainstream manufacturer has developed an entire range of models that cater for every possible want and need to could list off. Ford itself is currently offering a choice of four SUV-style cars in a range of sizes, from the coupe-ish Ford Puma, to the compact Ford EcoSport to the largest Ford Edge.

All of them have a high driving position, varying specifications and five seats. If you did want a seven-seat Ford, then your only current choice is one of three people carriers: the Ford Grand C-Max, Ford S-Max or Ford Galaxy.

All of Ford's SUVs have been designed to look rugged, which is a throwback to the days when SUVs were designed to go off road. Now they are engineered to be at their best on the road, offering comfort, quietness and agility in corners. That's why the EcoSport and Kuga share mechanical parts with the Ford Fiesta and Focus, which makes them more crossovers than SUVs.

The Kuga and Edge do come with four-wheel drive, which gives them more grip when accelerating on icy roads or muddy fields, but you may well get stuck in challenging conditions that a Land Rover would waltz through.

Both the Kuga and Edge are also available in Ford’s upmarket Vignale trim, which offers more luxurious materials inside the car and improved customer service, including the collection of your car from your home when it's due for a service. 

Ford SUVs

1. Ford EcoSport

Best Ford SUV for driving in tight towns

Less good for off-roading ability

Used deals from £7,990
Monthly finance from £147*

The smallest Ford SUV is the Ford EcoSport. It's built on the same base as the popular Ford Fiesta, and while the EcoSport is bulkier and taller than it's compact sibling, it still feels small from the inside. 

It's an ideal choice if you enjoy the high-up feeling of driving an SUV, but don't need excess interior space. Any drivers who lack confidence when trying to navigate their way through tight city centres will have a field day in this, it really is very easy to drive.

A choice of economical petrol engines help to the EcoSport to live up to its name, too. The 1.5-litre diesel engine is no longer available on the latest versions, and in all honestly, the 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol options with either 125 or 140hp are punchy enough to get sharply away from traffic lights.

FORD ECOSPORT BUYERS' GUIDE

2. Ford Puma

Used deals from £20,915
Monthly finance from £295*

The Ford Puma is now a small and sleek SUV pitched at competing with the likes of the Nissan Juke and Renault Captur. It is once again based on the same framework as the Ford Fiesta, it's slightly longer and wider than the EcoSport, but shorter in height, which makes the Puma feel more like a typical hathcback.

It's powered a by a selection of turbocharged 1.0-litre mild hybrid petrol engines with either 125 or 155hp, which Ford claims will manage up to around 50mpg, which makes it more powerful, and slightly more economical than the Juke. The Puma ST model comes with a punchy 1.5-litre petrol engine producing 200hp. 

Better still is the whopping 456-litre boot, which is bigger than the Juke (422 litres), the Captur (422 litres) and the Volkswagen T-Roc (445 litres). All in all, the Ford Puma is a strong all rounder for a car of its size, and it's affordable too if you're looking at used deals.

MORE DETAILS ON THE FORD PUMA

3. Ford Kuga

Best Ford SUV for affordable space

Less good for driving thrills

Used deals from £9,490
Monthly finance from £180*

A new Ford Kuga was launched in 2020 with fresh styling and a variety of hybrid and plug-in hybrid options. It has long been the most popular of Ford's larger SUVs, and this newer version maintains all of the elements that made the previous model so successful. 

It still feels great to drive despite it being much larger than the Puma and EcoSport, with a comfortable interior that's well equipped and feels well put togeher. It's much more enjoyable to drive than any of its main rivals including the likes of the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V or Nissan Qashqai.

The option of a plug-in hybrid Kuga is perhaps the most intriguing aspect, and while the 35 miles of electric range is useful if you can keep the battery charged up between trips, but the mild hybrid and full hybrid alternatives are similarly economical and do provide a smoother driving experience over longer journeys.

FORD KUGA BUYERS' GUIDE

4. Ford Edge

Best Ford SUV for towing

Less good for value for money

Used deals from £19,700
Monthly finance from £328*

This genuinely spacious, family-size SUV would be even more practical if there was a seven-seat option. It would certainly be easy to fit an extra row into the huge boot. With standard four-wheel drive and the choice of two powerful diesel engines, it's an ideal tow car, and will roll along quietly on the motorway.

The lower powered engine in the Titanium trim range doesn't feel very powerful and accelerates slowly. The more powerful 238hp diesel engine found in ST-Line and Vignale models really moves.

Although there is a high level of standard equipment, including voice control and a rear-view camera, prices are close to far more luxurious SUVs from Mercedes and BMW.

FORD EDGE BUYERS' GUIDE

*Representative PCP finance - Ford Fiesta Titanium:

Monthly payments over 48 months: £192
Deposit: £0
Mileage allowance: 8,000 per year
Optional final payment to buy car: £2,923
Total amount payable to buy car: £11,926
Total cost of credit: £2,426
Amount borrowed: £9,500
APR: 9.9%

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